Monday, April 7, 2014
Issue # 102

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NSN Conference Update

Four Master Classes offer Intensive Training
Thursday, July 24th - Full-Day (addl fee: $100)
Plucking Some Fruit from Our Neighbor’s Tree:

Telling Tales from Cultures Other than Our Own
with Joe Hayes

Cultures have a way of overlapping—like branches from the trees in neighbors’ yards. It’s only natural to want to partake of, and share, some of the delicious stories we discover in the varied cultures that make up our community. In this session we’ll explore the process of embracing, honoring and telling tales from traditions other than our own.  Special attention will be given to the cultures of the American Southwest. Special care will be taken to avoid political complications. 

Joe HayesJoe Hayes was an early pioneer of bilingual Spanish/English storytelling and is known for sharing tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures.  His books have received numerous awards, including two Land of Enchantment Children’s Book Awards, four IPPY Awards, and an Aesop Accolade Award. Joe has been the resident storyteller at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Sante Fe for many years, has been designated a New Mexico Eminent Scholar by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Learning and has received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts.  Joe is an NSN ORACLE Talking Leaves Literary Award recipient.  www.cincopuntos.com/authors_detail.sstg?id=19


Taking Your Story to the Stage 
with Connie Regan-Blake 

Come with a 10-12 minute story that is almost stage ready but has some room for growth and new perceptions.  During our time together, we will cover aspects of bringing the telling to life, including polishing the story and getting ready to perform it on stage, awareness of what works as well as developing and improving the storyteller’s connection to the audience, the story and themselves.  The goal is for the teller to take the stage with confidence and style.  During the last part of the workshop, four tellers (you’ll have the option to put your name in the hat!) will tell their story and receive appreciations and feedback.

Connie Regan-BlakeConnie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers.  She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states and 16 countries, she brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries and into the corporate world. Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings – five audio and two videos produced by PBS. She has been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN. Connie has been honored with NSN ORACLE awards for Circle of Excellence, Distinguished National Service, and Lifetime Achievement.  www.storywindow.com/


Speak Ye and the Page Appears! 
with Tim Tingle
Hoke, maybe it’s not quite that easy. But as storytellers, we already know the structure of a solid plot––a brief intro, a build-up of tension, and a powerful resolution. And who better writes dialogue than we who portray a multitude of intimate strangers on stage?  Expect a practical, you-do-the-work session, with ample Q/A time for the usual suspects: writer’s block, daily habits, finding publisher, agent, a writer’s group, how to begin or where do I go from here? 

From children’s illustrated, short stories, to YA and adult crossover novels, I’ve learned along the way––from St. Donald, St. Jackie, and St. Allyouguys. Be glad to share the pits and falls, the OMGs and LOLs of a life of writing that began when I was 6. 
For beginners and experienced writers. We can learn from each other.  

Tim TingleTim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw award-winning storyteller and author. He performs for over 200,000 people annually and has been featured at the Kennedy Center and National Storytelling Festival.  Tim’s multiple book awards include American Library Association Notable Books, American Indian Library Association’s Best Children’s Book, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and most recently, the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award.  An NSN ORACLE Talking Leaves Literary Award recipient, Tim released his first adult novel, House of Purple Cedar, this year.  A former dancer, basketball player, milk truck driver, carpenter, coffee machine repairman…, Tim inspires future writers to never give up!  www.timtingle.com/


Crafting for Your Bread and Butter:  
Rocking School Assemblies with the Perfect Stories

with Donna Washington

Performing for schools can be a very profitable endeavor in more ways than one.  Schools represent a captive audience of future performers, listeners, and organizers.  Getting students hooked on storytelling early is a good way to increase our numbers on stage and in the audience. Donna Washington spends most of her time performing for elementary, middle and high school students.  One thing she’s discovered is that schools really appreciate when you offer them age appropriate and learning-standards targeted assemblies.  She’s been told that lots of artists talk a good game about offering different shows for different age groups, but lots of them do not deliver.  In this master class, Donna will share how she weaves crafting techniques, social and emotional development, and literacy building skills into successful storytelling sets for everyone from pre-K through high school. 

Donna WashingtonDonna is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist.  Her CD awards include iParenting Media Excellent Product Award and multiple Parents Choice, Storytelling World and Children’s Music Web Awards.  Donna has performed at thousands of schools, libraries, and storytelling festivals across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival.  She offers workshops in storytelling, writing, education, and creative drama for librarians and educators and will travel the country to tell stories and give workshops for anyone willing to listen.  Donna has recently discovered the joys of blogging and invites you to follow her blog:  http://donnawashington.blogspot.com/.  http://donnawashington.com/


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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, April 12th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 
East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!
Click here for details & info

West Side Story Tellers

Saturday, April 12th ~ 10am - Noon
West Side Story Tellers will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale. For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at

Women Storytellers

Saturday - April 12th - 10am-Noon
Anne McDowell has organized another event: Out of the Box Storytelling - Women Storytellers. A place for Christian women to get together to hear and tell of the wonders that God has done in their lives or (with permission) in the lives of others.  This is a fun, exciting new way to hear six 8-10 minute personal, uplifting, faith-promoting stories about the wonders of God, and enjoy a delicious brunch! They offer fun, laughter, and a chance to win door prizes!

It's at Dobson’s Restaurant at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa from 10am - 12 Noon.
Click here for details

Make Way for Monarchs: An Evening of Storytelling

Sunday - April 13th - 7pm - Phoenix
In Remembrance of Rachel Carson on the 50th Anniversary of Her Death

In honor of the imperiled monarch butterfly and other endangered pollinators, there will be a storytelling concert on Sunday, April 13, 7 p.m. at Arizona Audubon, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. This storytelling concert, sponsored by Arizona Audubon and Arizona Interfaith Power & Light---a religious response to climate change---is part of a national Day of Action and Contemplation for Imperiled that begins at dusk on April 13th (Palm Sunday) and concludes at dusk on April 14th (Rachel Carson’s death anniversary).
Through her landmark book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson was among the first to alert the American public to the risks that excessive uses of pesticides and herbicides pose for pollinators such as monarch butterflies and bees. Other factors—from climate change to habitat fragmentation to diseases and pests—are also affecting the health and abundance of butterflies and bees. Now is the time for Americans to show their concern for, love of and commitment to the pollinators which help bring us our daily bread and offer nature’s services to keep our food system secure.
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Clothes Make the Man (or the Woman)

Here's a tip for story creation; this one is similar to many of the "prompts" offered by Donald Davis.

What's in your closet? I mean clothing. What's the oldest shirt, pair of pants, skirt, etc. that's in there? Where did you get it? When? What's the story behind that article of clothing?

Maybe it's a piece of clothing that was handed down. An old shirt that was too small for your brother. Maybe something you bought on a whim. Maybe a blouse you just "had to have" for that special occasion.

Did you buy something that you have never worn? What's the story behind that?

Clothes often remind us of when and where we wore them, who was there, who did we want to impress?

Is it something out of date now fashion-wise? Why do you still keep it? If it could speak, what would it tell you?

There's probably a lot of stories, just hanging there. Take a look and see.

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Five Types of Stories to Tell for Businesses
My friend and colleague, business coach Anna Melikian, alerted me to this article about business storytelling by Scott Ginsberg for RainToday. He explains each type, gives an example and a "moral" as to why they work.

Selling through Storytelling:
5 Brands Whose Narratives Win Over Buyers

by Scott Ginsberg
Storytelling isn't everything; it's the only thing.

And in the professional services industry, telling a good story is the strategy that gets buyers to pay attention and want to work with you.
The question is what makes a good story?
A good story is one that buyers enjoy believing.
In this article we'll explore five examples of brands, companies, and service organizations that sell through story. Each mini case study contains a "moral," aka, practical advice, for how to improve the quality of the stories your firm tells.
1. Tell a Story that Mitigates Fear
2. Tell a Story about a Revolution
3. Tell a Story about the Mundane
4. Tell a Story about Atmosphere
5. Tell a Story about Generosity
Those are five very different brands and five very different stories. But they all have one thing in common.
They're telling stories buyers enjoy believing.
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Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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